KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A 19-year-old Bellingham man is facing more charges for commercial sexual abuse of a minor.
Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Anthony Duran on Tuesday in a sting operation where he attempted to buy nude photos from an undercover deputy posing as a 14-year-old girl.
Ferndale Police are booking Duran on additional charges for paying a 16-year-old Ferndale girl $1,000 for explicit photos.
Ferndale Police Lieutenant Matt Huffman says the girl’s mother discovered suspicious text messages on her daughter’s phone and notified police in late August.
Duran reportedly met with the Ferndale girl in front of the Bellis Fair Mall, the same place Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Duran earlier this week.